The Art of Hearing Heartbeats has been named an Indies Choice Honor recipient by the American Booksellers Association. The Indies Choice awards were founded to “reflect the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide.” To see the full list of honorees, visit www.bookweb.org.
Meet Jan-Philipp at one of these upcoming stops on his US tour:
May 30, 11am: Book Expo America, New York (Other Press booth #2839)
May 31, 7pm: Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
June 1, 1pm: Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
June 2, 7pm: Books, Inc., Alamdea, CA
June 4, 7pm: Copperfield’s Books at Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa, CA
June 5, 7pm: Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR
June 6, 7pm: Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR
June 7 – 9: Booktopia, Bellingham, WA
June 9, 3pm: Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
Fairhope Library, Fairhope, AL
Photos from Jan-Philipp’s summer 2012 US tour
Jan-Philipp Sendker will be touring the US in July and August. Meet him at one of these events:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
FAIRHOPE PUBLIC LIBARY
501 FAIRHOPE AVE
FAIRHOPE, AL 36532
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
BLUE DOOR BOOKS
501 A CENTRAL AVE
CEDARHURST, NY 11516
Sunday, August 5, 2012
LA GRUA CENTER
32 Water Street
Stonington, CT 06378
Monday, August 6, 2012
NEXT CHAPTER BOOKSHOP
10976 N PORT WASHINGTON RD
MEQUON, WI 53092
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
MCLEAN & EAKIN BOOKSELLERS
307 EAST LAKE ST.
PETOSKEY, MI 49770
Thursday, August 9, 2012
BLUE WILLOW BOOKS
14532 MEMORIAL DRIVE
HOUSTON, TX 77079
U Win Nyein is a gentle, soft spoken man in his sixties. I meet him in his office in downtown Yangon. It is on the first floor of an old rundown building. Through the open windows we hear the sounds of the street: the chatting in the tea house next door, the voices of children playing, a few cars.
The room is full of books, magazines, newspapers, they are all spread out on chairs, tables and desks. U Win Nyein is editor in chief of Burma’s leading literary journal. He proudly shows me the latest issue. On the cover are a famous Burmese actress and an actor. There are many stories about movies and singers. In a sixteen-part series, they publish a biography of Angelina Jolie which he translates into Burmese. In the second part of the magazine, there are many short stories by Burmese writers. “We have a lot of young readers, they are crazy about entertainment stories. Those articles are the sugar coating for the literature we publish,” he says with a big smile.
These are exciting times for publishers in Burma. “Before, we had to submit every issue to the censors and ask for permission to print.” U Win Nyein says. “Now we can publish and submit afterwards. If we publish something against the law, we receive a warning. If we do it again, we lose our license.” It is not quite freedom of the press, not yet, but it is a big change for a country that used to have incredibly strict censorship laws. There are more than 200 magazines and journals in the country now; more than 50 have launched within the last few months. The head of the censorship office talks openly about abolishing it altogether.
I give U Win Nyein a copy of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. He likes the cover and the story. I tell him I would like to have it published in Burmese. He nods. Burmese are passionate readers. You see them reading while waiting for buses. Sitting on the street, in stalls waiting for customers. In their offices.
But that is changing, U Win Nyein says. “There is so much entertainment available. Video games. Computer games. TV. Sports magazines. Twenty years ago a good book could sell fifty thousand copies here. Now it is more likely to sell five thousand.” For authors it is difficult to make a living. They only receive royalties for the first thousand copies.